Whether you own a commercial or residential property in Florida, chances are you’ve had issues with your roof at some stage. Various natural disasters can damage the roofs of properties in the sunshine state. This makes it vital to hire a professional roofing company to inspect your property routinely. But how does the roof inspection process differ if you own a commercial property compared to a residential one?
Here are three differences between a commercial and residential roof inspection.
1. More People Are Interested in the Results of Commercial Roof Inspections
If you’re getting a residential roof inspection, chances are the roofing contractors will only share the results with the homeowner and tenants. In contrast, commercial properties have far more stakeholders that would be interested in seeing the results of the inspection as they’d all be impacted if the roof of the commercial property is damaged.
For instance, if a commercial roof inspection occurs at a mall, every retail outlet inside is at liberty to request a copy of the inspection results. It’s also likely for local councils and law enforcement to request this information.
2. Residential Roof Inspections Are Voluntary
It’s common for commercial properties to undergo mandatory roof inspections. If they don’t do this and someone is hurt due to a damaged roof, the property owners could be sued. In contrast, if you own a home and don’t want a residential roof inspection, you’re not legally obliged to get one!
With that said, if you’re a homeowner, we recommend getting routine roof inspections to avoid paying hefty insurance premiums in case of an emergency weather event. This is especially important if your roof is over 10 years old. For instance, Senate Bill 76 permits insurance companies to reduce hurricane coverage on Florida homes where the roof is over 10 years old!
3. Commercial Roof Inspections Require More Manpower
Commercial properties tend to be far larger than residential properties. As a result, commercial roof inspections require far more manpower. It’s common for commercial roof inspections to be completed by several teams of roofing contractors that check for different things. One team will check the integrity of the roof to ensure it doesn’t pose a danger to tenants while others will check for signs of water damage and if the building’s roof is still providing sufficient insulation.
No matter what type of property you own in Florida, it’s worth getting routine roof inspections to avoid long-term damage. That’s where we come in. At Certified Pro Roofing, we perform comprehensive, roof inspections and repairs for both residential and commercial properties. We also offer new roof installation services and work with our financial partner GreenSky to offer financing options to all our clients irrespective of their credit histories.